Claudia Hindo (President) has been on the board of Foundation Todos Juntos since 2010. A trained researcher and evaluator, Claudia has worked with colleges, universities, and large urban school districts on education reform and school development projects in Chicago and New York City and consults for non-profit organizations. Claudia’s first visit to Guatemala was as a one-year old vacationing with her mother, a native of Guatemala City. Twenty-five years later, she found herself in Xela, volunteering at Pop Wuj and connecting with her heritage. Claudia is a graduate of both Loyola University Chicago and Northwestern University. Also a founding board member of Innovate Manhattan Charter School and a long-term volunteer with New York Cares and Open Books, Claudia can be found playing with her sons and jogging along the streets and trails in Chicago.
Ginger Lee, MPH (Vice President) is a candidate for a DrPH in Global Health Leadership. She specializes in public health and non-profit management. With equity, social justice and alleviation of poverty as the central themes of her work, Ginger Lee has more than 20 years of experience leading successful community, organizational and fund development efforts. Ginger helped to build Latino Health Access, an award winning non-profit organization that works deeply within communities affected by inequalities to build power using the community health worker and Healthy Cities models. In addition, she was the CEO of The LGBTQ Center OC where she quadrupled growth. She currently oversees city government health department operations, as well as collective impact and equity programs. Ginger has received numerous awards and recognition for her work, including One of Five Mujeres Making a Difference in Orange County. Ginger is a founder of the Greater Los Angeles Female Genital Mutilation Task Force. She is published in peer reviewed journals, and is the co-author of Recruiting the Heart, Training the Brain (2016, English; 2018, Spanish).
Elizabeth Barnes (Secretary) is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin and AmeriCorps who first interacted with Foundation Todos Juntos as an intern at Asociación Pop Wuj in 2015. Taking over from Amy Scheuren, she served as the Pop Wuj Coordinator from April 2016 to June 2017. In her two years in Xela she worked hands-on in all of Pop Wuj’s projects, visited all the Western Highland communities where Pop Wuj operates, and got to know hundreds of project participants and supporters. Elizabeth was eager to join Foundation Todos Juntos board of directors to stay connected with its mission. Elizabeth is now living in Austin, Texas.
Amy Scheuren (Treasurer), is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University, a Jesuit university in Philadelphia and received a Masters of Social Service and a Masters of Law and Social Policy from Bryn Mawr College in 2005. She first studied Spanish and volunteered in Xela in 2005 as part of Pop Wuj’s Social Work Program. Following several years of volunteer trips to Xela to work as the Guarderia/Family Support Center Coordinator, Amy served as the Pop Wuj coordinator from 2012 to 2016. Amy has been a board member of Foundation Todos Juntos since 2006.
Catherine Cairns, is a public health professional who has served in infectious disease programs and as Chief of Staff for the Boston Public Health Commission. She has also worked to enhance public health policies and programs across the United States through work at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials and as a consultant with Hager Health. She received her MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine. Catherine was introduced to the clinic and community in Xela, Guatemala as a volunteer on a Timmy Foundation medical brigade. She was honored to join the board of Foundation Todos Juntos in February 2020.
Shanti Aguilar-Cárdenas is thrilled to join the Foundation Todos Juntos Board in November 2020 to continue to support the work of 32 Volcanes, after several years of collaboration in diverse ways. Shanti is deeply connected to the 32 Volcanes community driven mission and first learned about their work as an intern at the organization from January - April 2014. Shanti received her BA in International Development Studies from the University of Winnipeg in Canada and her passion for working in Latin America is rooted in her Guatemalan heritage. She is a global health professional who has spent the majority of her career directing the programs of one of 32 Volcanes’s longtime partners, Timmy Global Health, in Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. She currently works for Yoga Alliance Foundation as a Program Coordination Consultant and outside of the office, she can be found hiking, birding, and playing with her dog, Yogi.
Laura Jones was introduced to Foundation Todos Juntos on her second visit to Guatemala, while studying Spanish in Xela. The time spent in and around Asociación Pop Wuj and its projects over the next month left a lasting impression on her, so that she was thrilled when presented with the opportunity to get involved through the board. Laura holds a B.A. in International Affairs from James Madison University, and has completed studies in international NGO management. She worked for two years at The Advocacy Project in Washington, DC before moving to Los Angeles, California where she currently resides. In her free time Laura enjoys cycling, and recently completed her first century through Team In Training as a benefit to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Dave Smith, B.A. and C.G.A., is a semi-retired management consultant who spent his career as an industrial accountant in the forest industry. He is also a past president of the Ribbons of Green Trails Society and has served as a director of the Okanagan-Shuswap Green Party Riding Association. Aside from spending the last four winters with his wife in Xela volunteering with the Safe Stove Project, Dave can be found gardening, cycling, backpacking, and talking politics at the Bean Scene. With a respect for the Mayan people and a belief in the value of education as a tool for helping people rise from poverty, Dave joined the Foundation Todos Juntos board in January 2012.